ASES News – May 2024

ASES News - May 2024

Presidential Message from John (Jed) E. Kuhn, MD

My fellow Members of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, your society continues to do amazing things for you and your patients!


Highlighting the month of May was the National Shoulder and Elbow Week. With events held in West Palm Beach, Denver, Asheville, Lexington, Boston, Buffalo, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, the ASES Foundation was able to raise an amazing $840,000! I would like to thank the local chairs and sponsors for each city and the amazing ASES Office Staff who made this all possible. I attended the Asheville event, and it was incredible. These events are a great way to bring awareness to the work we do and raise funds for the ASES Foundation. If you have not yet been able to attend one, the good news is that next year the following cities have been selected to host events: Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Antonio, Cleveland, Baltimore/DC, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Central Florida. I will be in St. Louis and hope to see you there!


The ASES 2024 Fellows Day at the San Diego Shoulder Institute will be held Friday, June 14th. I am really looking forward to it. I am excited to see which fellows will win the Hawkins Award for the Best Poster and the Cofield Award for the Best Podium Presentation. Precision OS has been working with the ASES Virtual Reality Task Force to develop content to show the fellows. This task force will also be working on VR content to show all the ASES Membership at the Annual Meeting in October.


It’s time to register for the ASES Annual Meeting taking place in San Antonio in October. We are excited to welcome our colleagues from “down under” as the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia will be our Guest Nation. In addition to the terrific educational content, we will be having a lot of fun events including a Lucchese boot and western wear shop, with custom ASES logo apparel, an ASES Foundation fundraising auction at the Neer Circle Dinner, an old west saloon party called the Buckhorn Bash, and special events for our candidate members including a dinner with our past presidents, and special programming on how to efficiently review manuscripts for JSES (a requirement for membership advancement!).


Remember to delete the old ASES app from your phone and download the new app called ASES 365. It is significantly improved and has links to meetings, news, webinars, JSES, our Podcasts, the ShED, the Radiographic Implant Library, and much more. You will need the app to vote for the nominating committee and conduct other business at the Annual Meeting!


Finally, EA Codman who authored The Shoulder in 1934 challenged us to follow the results of our treatment, a concept he called “The End Result Idea”. Over 100 years later, the AAOS has developed registries (thanks to many our members who have worked on the Shoulder and Elbow Registry!) to work toward that lofty goal. We have met challenges along the way, particularly collecting patient outcomes. The ASES Foundation will be providing matching funds for a recently announced AAOS/BOS research grant dedicated to support innovative research that advances the understanding and use of patient reported outcome measures in real-world clinical settings. The major focus of the grant is to help develop systems for busy clinicians to collect patient data efficiently and successfully. An email will be forthcoming but start thinking about your proposals now as they will be due Monday, July 1, 2024.


Thanks for all you do for the ASES!


John E. (Jed) Kuhn, MD

President, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Registration Now Open for the ASES 2024 Annual Meeting!

Registration is now open for the 2024 ASES Annual Meeting, taking place October 16-19, 2024 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas.


Our course co-chairs, Drs. Carolyn Hettrich, Michael Khazzam and Edwin Spencer are developing a phenomenal program, designed to cover all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery.


You won’t want to miss this year’s meeting!



You may view the Preliminary Program for the 2023 Annual Meeting by visiting the ASES Annual Meeting page. Additional details will be posted as they become available.


Additionally, the abstract submission portal is now closed, and we want to thank all of our members for their submissions. Paper selections will be made over the next month, and members will be notified of their submission status in early July.



This year, in order to more efficiently manage our housing process, the link to secure your room at our host hotel will be provided at the conclusion of your registration process. For your reference, the ASES rate at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is $249+ per night.


We look forward to seeing you all in San Antonio!

New Award: Founders' Legacy Award
Call for Nominations

This ASES Foundation award will annually recognize and give appreciation to up to four ASES members and/or ASES Front Office Staff for their efforts in the areas of Leadership, Service, Diversity or Mentorship. The awards will be made in honor of one of the ASES Founders to recognize and share their accomplishments, as well as give awareness and encourage funding to the ASES Foundation’s Founders’ Legacy Fund.

This year’s awards will be made in honor of the following Founders:

Dr. Louis U. Bigliani – Leadership

Dr. Robert J. Neviaser – Service

Dr. Frederick C. Ewald – Diversity

Dr. Carter R. Rowe – Mentorship


  • All member types and/or staff may be nominated by an ASES member.
  • Nominators may propose only one candidate per year.


  • All nomination letters must be submitted electronically to the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Foundation at Please use “Founders Legacy Award Nomination” and the nominee’s name in the subject line.
  • Include a 1-page personal statement outlining the reasons your nominee should be selected for this award and their personal achievements. Indicate the area in which the candidate is nominated (Leadership, Service, Diversity, or Mentorship). One sponsor letter of recommendation emailed to the above address. Nominators may provide a list of additional co-sponsors.
  • A CV of the proposed awardee must be submitted as well as any other additional applicable information.


  • The ASES Nominating Committee will review the nomination submissions and select winners.


  • Awards will be presented at the NEER Circle meeting at the ASES Annual Meeting giving public recognition.

The deadline for nominations is June 30th, 2024.


Please address all inquiries to:

Dr. Xavier A. Duralde, Chair, ASES Nominating Committee

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

1515 Woodfield Rd, Suite 345

Schaumburg, IL 60173

National Shoulder and Elbow Week

Reflecting on 8 Incredible Events!

A message from Chairman Dr. Abboud explaining the importance of this special event.

2024 Events:

West Palm Beach, FL

Denver, CO

Asheville, NC

Lexington, KY

Boston, MA

Buffalo, NY

Phoenix, AZ

Salt Lake City, UT

Each event was unique in the way it displayed the dedication and passion of our surgeons, researchers, industry partners, and patients. The lively discussions and hands-on demonstrations provided special opportunities to connect, learn, and celebrate our shared commitment to advancing patient care.

The time and energy it took to hold these incredible events is reflected in the $840,000+ total funds raised, with $750,000 from sponsors and donations alone. The 1370 attendees across all eight events is a testament to the growing impact and reach into our local communities.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to making National Shoulder and Elbow Week 2024 a resounding success, including the hosts, attendees, and our sponsors. Together, we are shaping the future of shoulder and elbow surgery.

Already looking forward to next year?

Announcing our NSEW 2025 Host Locations:



Los Angeles


St. Louis

Dallas/Ft. Worth

San Antonio

Central Florida

It’s not too late to support our 2024 Events! Click Here to Donate

2024-2025 Leadership Development Program Application Update


The application portal for the 2024-2025 Leadership Development Program is now closed. Communications on application status are currently underway and all applicants should be notified of their status by mid-June.

ABJS Call for Nominations

2025 ABJS Nicolas Andry Lifetime Achievement Award Announcement

We are delighted to bring to your attention an opportunity presented by the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS) – the call for nominations for the 2025 ABJS® Nicolas Andry Lifetime Achievement Award. This esteemed accolade, accompanied by a $10,000 prize, recognizes individuals whose contributions have significantly advanced orthopaedic knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Experienced orthopaedic investigators, including surgeons doing clinically relevant basic or patient-oriented research.
  • Candidates may be nominated by others or may nominate themselves for the award.
  • The nominee must be responsible for a body of musculoskeletal research that has significantly contributed to orthopaedic knowledge, and has been conducted and published over an extended period of time. The work may be ongoing.
  • Nominators may propose only one candidate per year for the award.

For more details regarding the award and nomination process, please refer to the award announcement or visit their website here.

2024 Annual Meeting: Networking Opportunities

In addition to a robust Scientific Program, we are excited to share our 2024 Annual Meeting Networking opportunities taking place in San Antonio:


Wednesday, October 16th, 2024

President’s/New Member Welcome Reception

Candidate/Past Presidents’ Dinner (By Invitation Only)


Thursday, October 17th, 2024

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

AM and PM Exhibit Hall Breaks

Wine & Cheese & Posters Exhibit Hall Reception

Neer Circle/Guest Nation Dinner and ASES Foundation Live Auction (By Invitation Only)


Friday, October 18th, 2024

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Award Winner/Grant Recipients Networking Breakfast (By Invitation Only)

Women in Orthopaedics Breakfast & Symposia  

AM and PM Exhibit Hall Breaks

Friday Fiesta Exhibit Hall Reception

Mentor/Mentee Happy Hour (By Invitation Only)

Buckhorn Bash with Lucchese Pop-Up Shop and ASES Foundation Silent Auction

(Additional Registration Required)


Saturday, October 18th, 2024

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

AM Exhibit Hall Break


See you all in San Antonio!

Advocacy Spotlight

Our ASES Political Action Committee continues to remain active in supporting initiatives to streamline and reduce the burden of prior authorization, curb annual Medicare physician reimbursement cuts, and support the allowance of physician owned/run hospitals.


Recent federal regulatory updates include a 2024 ruling by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve prior authorization processing (CMS-0057-F). This will apply to Medicare Advantage, State Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program Fee-for-Service programs and managed care plans. This ruling will require payers to implement a patient and provider application programming interface (API) by January 1, 2027 to streamline transparency regarding prior authorization denials. Furthermore, payers will be required to publicly disclose prior authorization policies as well as yearly metrics on their website by March 31, 2026. More information can be found here.


Please consider supporting your PAC (AAOS PAC), even a small amount goes a long way; we as a society maintain strength in our numbers.


We also continue to solicit original research and opinion papers on topics related to advocacy, health policy, health economics for the Inaugural Advocacy and Health Policy Special Issue of JSESDeadline is June 30, 2024. Please reach out if questions arise.

Spotlight on San Antonio


With more than three centuries of attractions, there is something for everyone in San Antonio


For many, San Antonio is the Paseo del Rio, an urban masterpiece better known as the River Walk. These cobble and flagstone paths border the San Antonio River, as it winds through culture-rich downtown. The River Walk has multiple personalities—quiet and park-like in some stretches, while other areas are full of activity with European-style sidewalk cafes, specialty boutiques, art galleries, nightclubs and gleaming high-rise hotels. GO RIO San Antonio, the river’s floating transportation system, provides a novel method of sightseeing and people watching in downtown San Antonio.

Groups can dine aboard open-air cruisers as they drift along the scenic waterway, while river shuttles deliver visitors to restaurants, hotels, and The Pearl—a transformed historic German brewery beautifully curated into a culinary and cultural neighborhood.


Explore Spanish colonial architecture at San Antonio’s five 18th-century missions. Among them is the Alamo, which has become permanently etched in the annals of history. In 1836, 189 defenders of Texas independence held The Alamo against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13 days. Four other Spanish colonial missions founded in the early 1700s form San Antonio Missions National Historical Park—a marvelous place to explore the city’s roots and Spain’s influence on the southwestern part of the United States.


San Antonio is also the picture-perfect setting for great family vacations. Enjoy Texas-sized fun at SeaWorld San Antonio, one of the world’s largest marine life parks, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the town built just for fun.


The Shops at Rivercenter offers several family-friendly attraction including Battle for Texas, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE San Antonio Aquarium, Louis Tussaud’s Plaza Wax Museum and the world’s largest Ripley’s Believe It or Not!


Brackenridge Park, a 343-acre refuge in the heart of the city, provides a full day of family fun. Play a round of golf at Texas’ most historic course. Feed ducks and picnic along the adjacent San Antonio River. Refresh with a stroll on the walking trails or catch a ride on the park’s miniature train, the Brackenridge Eagle. Here you’ll also find the San Antonio Zoo, the third largest in the nation with a collection of more than 3,500 animals representing 750 different species from around the globe. It is also the only zoo in the country to exhibit endangered whooping cranes.


Not far from Brackenridge Park, you can follow your senses through the San Antonio Botanical Garden, where acres of beautiful, lush vegetation replicate three distinct landscapes of Texas. Wander through formal gardens and even a sensory garden, where emphasis is placed on the texture and scent of plants. With an addition of eight acres in October 2017, the Botanical Garden offers new culinary opportunities through the Culinary Garden and the Family Adventure Garden, where landscapes of South Texas and the Hill Country abound.


Visitors to San Antonio also have a variety of spectator sports to choose from. The NBA’s San Antonio Spurs are a hometown favorite and play at the AT&T Center. The NCAA’s UTSA Roadrunners bring fans to the Alamodome during the football season since their first game in 2011. The San Antonio FC of the USL Championship provide soccer action at Toyota Field while the Missions baseball team encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the beautiful Texas weather. Plus, live action-packed thoroughbred and quarter horse racing seasons are presented at Retama Park from May through November.



ASES Podcast - New Episodes


In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, we transition hosts from Dr. Rachel Frank to Dr. Brian Waterman, with Dr. Peter Chalmers continuing on as co-host. Thank you to Dr. Rachel Frank for all of her work on the podcast, she will be missed!


A message from Rachel: As we celebrate the success of the ASES podcast, reaching over 100 episodes, I’d like to thank my co-host Dr. Peter Chalmers, as well as the ASES, for the opportunity to contribute and participate over the last several years. It is with mixed emotions to announce at this time that I will be stepping away from my duties as cohost of the podcast. Very fortunately, I am excited to welcome Dr. Brian Waterman as the new co-host, and I look forward to Peter and Brian taking our podcast to the next level. It has been an honor and privilege to be part of this team from the ground up, and I’d like to thank you all for subscribing, listening, and taking part in growing the podcast with Peter and myself over the years. Welcome Brian! We are incredibly excited for the future of the ASES podcast! 

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, host Dr. Peter Chalmers interviews Drs. Joseph Abboud, Aaron Chamberlain, Jacob Kirsch, Kaveh Sajadi, Matt DiPaola, and Adam Seidl about their events and plans for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation National Shoulder and Elbow Week.

The ASES Podcast is now available on YouTube! Check out our latest episode and subscribe to our page by clicking here.

Neer and Morrey Award Submissions

The Charles S. Neer Award
The Neer Award was established in honor of Dr. Charles S. Neer, who was one of the founding members and the first president of ASES. The award was created to provide recognition for outstanding clinical and basic science investigations contributing to the understanding, care of, or prevention of injuries to the Shoulder. Both a Clinical Research Award and a Basic Science Research Award in Shoulder will be awarded each year.

Click here for more details regarding the new submission process.

The Bernard F. Morrey Award
The Morrey Award was established in honor of Dr. Bernard Morrey who was one of the founding members of the ASES. The award was created to provide recognition for outstanding clinical or basic science investigations contributing to the understanding, care, or prevention of injuries to the elbow. The Morrey Award will be awarded each year to the best elbow (clinical or basic science) paper.

Click here for more details regarding the submission process.

Submissions for both the Neer and Morrey Awards are due by July 1st, 2024.

Download the New ASES 365 App!

Mark Your Calendars

We are pleased to announce our upcoming ASES educational offerings! Complete details will follow in the new year, but in the interim, please add these important dates to your calendar:

ASES Fellows’ Day at SDSI
June 14, 2024
Hilton San Diego, San Diego, CA 

ASES 2024 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2024
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX

ASES 2024 Shoulder and Elbow Course for Residents and Fellows
November 21-23, 2024
Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC), Rosemont, Illinois

ASES 2025 Annual Meeting
October 16-18, 2025
Gaylord Pacific Resort, San Diego, CA

ICSES 2026: Vancouver
September 22-25, 2026
Vancouver, BC

ASES 2027 Annual Meeting
October 13-16, 2027
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD (DC Metro)

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